REPORT ON OVERSEAS TRAINING COURSE ON BAMBOO AND RATTAN PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT TECHNOLOGY FOR GHANA ARTISANS

Bamboo which is referred to as the “golden” plant, is the fastest growing plant in the world and exists in diverse forms (Guinness world record edition, 2017). It is known to have alleviated the poverty and enhanced the livelihood of many people across the world. Bamboo stands a greater chance of contributing to the realization of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs), especially SDG1 (no poverty), SDG6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDG 13(climate action). Ghana can thus achieve these SDGs through the use of bamboo resources which the Bamboo and Rattan Development Programme (BARADEP) Secretariat is mandated to oversee all its activities. BARADEP in fulfilling its core mandate which is, promoting bamboo and rattan plantation and industry development as a complement to the wood industry to reduce the pressure on the natural forest for timber and increase income and employment opportunities for the rural poor, have been organizing trainings for communities around the country

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